TALES FROM WINDY ACRES / VOLUME XXI In this issue: Letter from the Director / Mobile ANT Update / Farewells / Volunteer Highlights / Horsin’ Around Campaign / Summer News / Testimonials / Upcoming Events / Odds & Ends Facing Our Fears By Sonja Wingard, Director I always wondered if I ever got cancer, would I fight it or roll over and give up? On May 14th I attended a large community gathering at Whatcom Community College discussing with
This July, ANT bunnies and Gabby (the golden retriever) were featured guests at the Microsoft One Week Expo in Redmond, WA! Jessie Pemble (Mobile ANT Coordinator) and Kelsy Hartmann (Barn Manager) drove the Mobile ANT Van down south for the 2-day event, and hosted a “Cuddle Corner” for guests (all Microsoft employees) to enjoy. This is the second time ANT has been asked to provide therapy animals for a corporate event in order to relieve stress (read about our visit to
Rainy Day Fun at the 12th Annual Bluegrass Ice Cream Social! Thanks to all who joined us for the 12th Annual Bluegrass Ice Cream Social on September 9th! Windy Acres welcomed nearly 200 guests and volunteers for an afternoon of games, music, animals, and ice cream. Despite the rain, visitors young and old enjoyed farm tours, observed exciting horse demonstrations, sampled cones from Mallard Ice Cream, and met our many animals. The hay alley offered
Have you ever wondered how animals come to do their work at Animals as Natural Therapy? Enjoy our Fall Newsletter 2016 (Fall Newsletter PDF Version here) Learn more about our animal partners Find out who is coming and going at ANT. Contemplate forgiveness with our counselor Lorna. Be inspired by a volunteer and an intern’s reflections. AND get our upcoming Wishes For Our Stars Gala on your calendar!
County therapy program uses animals to build trust and confidence. By Steve Guntli Troubled teens, elders and veterans can find peace and learn to build relationships with Animals as Natural Therapy (ANT). ANT is a Bellingham-based nonprofit that uses animals to help people heal, grow and learn. ANT works with troubled children, seniors, veterans and disabled people to help them develop relationships and build interpersonal skills. Sonja Wingard is the executive and program director for ANT. She started the program 16 years